Sunday of the Prodigal Son / The Holy New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia

Beatitudes Verses: 4 from the Octoechos, 4 from Ode 3 Triodion; 4 New Martyrs


1.  We offer Thee the cry of the thief, and we pray: Remember us in Thy kingdom, O



2.  For the forgiveness of transgressions we offer unto Thee the Cross which Thou didst

accept for our sake, O Thou who lovest mankind.


3. We bow down in worship, O Master, before Thy burial and rising, whereby Thou hast

delivered the world from corruption, O Thou Who lovest mankind.


4. By Thy death hath death been slain, O Lord, and by Thy resurrection hast Thou saved

the world, O Savior.


5 &6.  Utterly beside myself, I have clung in madness to the sins suggested to me by the

passions.  But accept me, O Christ, as the Prodigal.


7.  With the words of the Prodigal I cry aloud: I have sinned, O Father; like him, receive

me now in Thine embrace and reject me not.


8.  Open Thine arms, O Christ, and in loving-kindness receive me as I return from a far

country of sin and passions.


9.  Remember, O Lord, the dreadful torments which the new passion-bearers suffered for 
Thee, who have now sprouted forth from our race; and accept their entreaties for our 
10.  O righteous Judge, Thou hast opened the kingdom of heaven unto the confessors of 
the Church of Russia.  Hearken, O Lord, unto their righteousness, and give ear unto their 
supplication for the salvation of our souls.
11.  O most divine Trinity, return us from our captivity!  We know that sin hath increased 
in our land more than ever before; yet grace also hath shone forth in the struggle of the 
new saints, who also entreat Thee, O thrice-holy God, for the salvation of our souls.
12.  Gather the dispersed; raise up the faint-hearted; call them that have renounced the 
holy Faith and convert them, O gracious and all-pure Virgin Mary, entreating Christ the 
Savior, with the holy new martyrs and confessors, for the forgiveness and salvation of our 


Troparia & Kontakia


Tone 2:  When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, /
then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. /
And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, /
all the Hosts of the heavens cried out: //
O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.


Tone 4: O ye holy hierarchs, royal passion-bearers and pastors, /
monks and laymen, men, women and children, /
ye countless new-martyrs, confessors, /
blossoms of the spiritual meadow of Russia, /
who blossomed forth wondrously in time of grievous persecutions /
bearing good fruit for Christ in your endurance: /
Entreat Him, as the One that planted you, /
that He deliver His people from godless and evil men, /
and that the Church of Russia /
be made steadfast through your blood and suffering, //
unto the salvation of our souls.
Glory… Tone 2:  O ye new passion-bearers of Russia, /
who have with your confession finished the course of this earth, /
receiving boldness through your sufferings: /
Beseech Christ Who strengthened you, /
that we also, whenever the hour of trial find us /
may receive the gift of courage from God.  /
For ye are a witness to us who venerate your struggle, /
that neither tribulation, prison, nor death //
can separate us from the love of God.


Both now... Tone 3:  Having foolishly abandoned Thy paternal glory, /

I squandered on vices the wealth which Thou gavest me.  /

Wherefore, I cry unto Thee with the voice of the Prodigal: /

I have sinned before Thee, O compassionate Father.  /

Receive me as one repentant, //

and make me as one of Thy hired servants.


The Epistle


Reader: The Prokimenon in the 2nd Tone:  The Lord is my strength and my song, and

He is become my salvation.

Choir:  The Lord is my strength and my song, and He is become my salvation.

Reader:  With chastisement hath the Lord chastened me, but He hath not given me over

unto death.

Choir:  The Lord is my strength and my song, and He is become my salvation.

Reader:  The Prokimenon in the 7th Tone: For Thy sake, O Lord, we are slain all the

day long.

Choir:  For Thy sake, O Lord, we are slain all the day long.


Reader: The Reading is from the First Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the

Corinthians:  [I Cor. 6:12-20 (§135); Rom. 8:28-39 (§99)]


Reader: Alleluia in the 2nd Tone: The Lord hear thee in the day of affliction; the name

of the God of Jacob defend thee.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  O Lord, save the king, and hearken unto us in the day when we call upon Thee.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: In the 4th tone: The righteous cried, and the Lord heard them, and He delivered

them out of all their tribulations

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Gospel [Luke 15:11-32 (§79); Luke 21:12-19 (§106)]


Communion Verse:  Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! 

Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; praise is meet for the upright.  Alleluia, Alleluia,





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